Reasonable cruise with some let-downs: Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by oldbold

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Reasonable cruise with some let-downs

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Basically, this was a good cruise. The stateroom was quite adequate, clean and well maintained.
Meals in the main dining room were very good and the waiter service excellent.
Unfortunately, the same could not be said of the buffet (deck 9).

The buffet area is very poorly laid out and diners have to walk "half-way round the ship" to find all the meal selections. Prominent signs directing people to the various areas would have helped.
The range and quality of the buffet meals was mediocre at best.

Staff did not appear to be happy. Sullen, unsmiling but courteous and respectful when they did speak - which was not often.

The elevator and stair areas suffer from clear signage to indicate which deck you are on and what signs there are are small and hard to see. Corridor signs do not indicate fore-and-aft so passengers unfamiliar with the ship often go the wrong way until the numbers progression becomes obvious.

The general decor in the More atrium and stair areas is quite dated and could do with modernizing.
There is a lot of waste with respect to bathroom linen. Although notices indicate that towels not requiring change are left hanging, cabin stewards routinely seem to change all towels every day. Not good conservation.
TV sets in staterooms are old style and entertainment programmes are dreadful. Very old films and several repeats....of course it is possible to rent programmes but this goes against the grain !
General lack of information about the coming ports of call, no weather info. and extremely poor ships-progress display (stateroom TV).
Overall, a reasonable trip, let down somewhat by the above factors. Less

Published 11/19/11

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